Scratchy

Started by marculos, June 7, 2020, 14:21

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marculos

Bought a 2003 fl black 2, 6 weeks ago. 90k good history but needs a bit of tlc.
Red leather.
Tte exhaust and style bar.
Bought it in the rain, turns out more scratches than I thought.
Looks solid underneath no rot.

So far
Removed pre cats which were intact
Replaced alloys with a set of pfl alloys for now rain sports all round.
Fixed damaged bolster on drivers seat.
Custom chrome gear knob
Replaced stereo with Bluetooth kenwood
New mats
Led side lights and interior lights
Fitted brd gear linkage bushes
Rising sun decal and new 6 speed mr-s interior plaque thing
Rust proofed x member,sills etc
Hammerited x member
3 stage cut polish and wax. Needs a machine cut really
Attempted to fix exhaust rattle
Greased uj
Replaced all broken frunk clips
Super guarded carpet
Clean and colour restored seats
Painted seat rails which were a bit rusty
Replaced spark plugs old ones looked ok
Removed nappy as missing bolts, might keep it off.

It drives well, bit floaty maybe at 70. Handbrake of course doesn't work very well.

Plans ?
Oil and filter service
Upgraded panel filter
Roof has some tears might replace next year
Machine cut and scratch removal
Replace shocks and springs, teins and Japanparts shocks
New droplinks maybe updated ones
Upgrade anti roll bar bushes front and rear
Front strut brace, having one made up
Belly brace
Upgrade door speakers with components and active sub
Replace gearbox oil

That's it for now i think, more suspension components might be needed I guess. Too soon to know if it's an oil burner, hopefully not!







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marculos

Need to handbrake fixed, replace brake fluid and see if discs and pads are all ok too.

Ardent

So far
Attempted to fix exhaust rattle - often a spacer that comes loose in side the the clam shell heat shield. The flatter one.
Removed nappy as missing bolts, might keep it off. - Good call.
It drives well, bit floaty maybe at 70. Unless done. (unlikely) a suspension refresh and quality geo set up after will likely cure the floaty feeling. A geo alone goes along way to sorting that out.

Plans ?
Upgraded panel filter - on a stock engine no need.

Too soon to know if it's an oil burner, hopefully not! - "if" your pre cats were in good condition before you removed them. Would suggest not an oil burner that and plugs looking ok.
But def monitor while new to you.


Nice to see another Leicester based member.
I am off Humberstone Lane.

marculos

Thanks for the tips! I have sable envy very nice 2 you have there. I just want to get mine to drive properly I'm not too fussed about it being cosmetically perfect. Suspension refresh should sort it! Rowley fields here live off Humberstone road long time ago.

Ardent

Fresh kyb shocks and a set of teins if want a little lower.
There was an ebay offer last week posted by @Topdownman might still be running.

Topdownman

Hi and welcome,

There are lots of sellers of kyb shocks on ebay, the offer I posted has ended I think but keep your eyes open (unless you are in a hurry!) for similar ones as there was a better one after I posted!
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marculos

I got some teins second hand in decent nick, and have some rear new Japanparts shocks which come recommended from tcb. Waiting for fronts to come into stock.

The current shocks n springs have done 90k but look in decent condition. Wondering if I need new top mounts all round.

Ardent

Regards top mounts, you will not know until you remove them, but in general they are usually found to be in good condition.

Smithy

Hello and welcome from one black 03 owner to another. Enjoy your 2
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marculos

After heavy rain last week my passsenger rear bin was full of water and was wet behind the seat. I checked the drain plugs on the side vent and there was some debris. Poured a load of soapy water and was coming through fine. Then I checked under the bins and found them full of water. There are two drain plugs which have tiny holes. Both were silted up. I removed these drain plugs and gave it all a good clean and rust proof. Hopefully thats fixed the issue !

 

marculos


shnazzle

Is that full of water?
Drains checked? 

Roof no leaks?
...neutiquam erro.

marculos

Yep was full of water. The drains were checked and seemed ok, the roof does have a few tears so could be that I guess but that black drain plug was completely silted up so just removed it from both sides, seemed a bit pointless !

ManInDandism

Welcome to the club!

Re 'floaty' - I remember my car being like that at motorway speeds before I changed the tyres (which I did almost immediately). Mine were a mismatch of 3 different brands.  So also something to consider.  Needs decent or at least semi-decent rubber and also check that they are the correct profile.  First things first though as there's always something to spend money on :)
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m1tch

Add changing the chain tensioner and upgrade the O ring to a Viton one.

marculos

In last few weeks.

Fitted led side lights, interior light and led numberplate lights.

Got a cheap pipercross panel filter, fitted yesterday and sounds bit loader on induction.

Rustproofed and painted rear anti roll bar.

Fitted new 6.5 component mids (Juice) in door and sound much better. Also used flashing tape to help stop vibrations in door.

Oil and filter change this weekend.

Ardent

For oil change. I have found a couple of those plastic caravan leveling ramps give more than enough clearance to get to filter.

marculos

Used some ramps, lots of room to change the oil and filter. Snapped one undertray bolt, resecured with cable tie. Used bg109 engine flush, the oil that came out was very very black. Engine seemed a  bit smoother.

Ardent

all costs and time.
But if oil was that bad. Maybe consider only running this oil for a short while to act as a secondary flush.

marculos

The bg109 did its stuff hence the oil being so black. Was just thinking about whether I should run for a short while and change the oil again good call.

potge

Quote from: marculos on July 19, 2020, 08:14The bg109 did its stuff hence the oil being so black. Was just thinking about whether I should run for a short while and change the oil again good call.

It would be great to do that and try to drain the oil thoroughly.
Engine flush products, are a double edge sword. Especially, in cars whose background and maintenance scheme are unknown/uncertain. Checking (even better changing) spark plugs and the oil control valve might also be a good sanity check.

marculos

Service history is good, I have already changed plugs, I will google oil control valve thanks . I'm very wary of oil flush's but have heard very good things about bg109, we shall see if it makes any difference !

Carolyn

Quote from: marculos on July 19, 2020, 10:02Service history is good, I have already changed plugs, I will google oil control valve thanks . I'm very wary of oil flush's but have heard very good things about bg109, we shall see if it makes any difference !
If the engine is running well, I wouldn't worry about the oil control valve. They are very reliable and it's quite a fiddle to get it out!
Air filter and MAF clean are always good things to do/check.
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marculos

Been making most of the Indian summer, amazing drive on some back roads around Stamford and Oakham. Considering it's still on original suspension still drives very well.  70 and above front end is light might get a front brace to see if that helps. Next year assuming I keep the car full suspension refresh is in order. New stereo sounds great, going to get a small sub for it at some point.

Car still has little jerkiness under 2k revs. Changed Pcv valve yesterday very easy job and took for a quick spin and seems a bit smoother. The  one was ok as still rattled I think but read the spring gets weak over time and less effective.

Got a car cover for a tenner from Lidl. One weather gets pants will hibernate her until spring I think with odd bimble to stop things from seizing up !